Hilary Brown 

Psychotherapy

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Working with individuals & couples

Building relationships & resilience

About me

I have a background in social work and trained at practitioner and advanced level as a psychotherapist undertaking clinical work at St Thomas’s Hospital. I am also an accredited supervisor and provide therapy to trainee psychotherapists. I have taught therapists in training in the UK and in India.

My private practice is in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. While there have been issues with Coronavirus I have been offering sessions online and when face to face meetings are possible again I will continue to do so for clients who live outside this area and/or for those who prefer online sessions. 

These are my credentials 

PhD (Social Work) University of Kent 

Accredited with Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) ACAT 00825

Accredited with United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) (05157659)

 
 

About Therapy

Therapy allows you to reflect on your relationships and to understand your ways of thinking, feeling and coping. We seek to create a safe space where we can talk honestly about difficulties and misunderstandings. You may come into therapy to work on specific life events such as redundancy or bereavement, or you may want to address broader issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety or loneliness. We will work together to identify patterns in the way you relate and to interrupt any vicious cycles you get drawn into. Many people are faced with stressful situations at home or at work that feel out of their control; these might include abuse, debt, illness, bereavement, discrimination or family conflict. Therapy cannot change these circumstances but our aim is always to help you explore safe ways of moving forward.  There may not be fireworks every session or Hollywood like “Ah” moments, but our aim is to make small but significant changes that have the potential to turn things around.

 

We not only pay attention to our personal histories but also to issues of age, race, poverty, (dis)ability, illness, religious belief, gender identity, sexual orientation and gender -based violence where these are a part of your story. We have to take notice of the times and the very particular pressures that are being thrown up by recent events. I seek to make a safe space in which we can open up difficult conversations. 

 

Coming into therapy may be something you have been thinking about for some time or you may be seeking help in a crisis. You will be asked to sign a contract, provide details of your GP and any other health care professionals you are seeing, and to fill in a short questionnaire before formally beginning your sessions. I will try to see you within a few weeks from your initial contact.

About CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy)

Cognitive Analytic Therapy is an integrative psychotherapy that makes links between the ways we have learned to relate in the past, and our current difficulties. It is a talking therapy used in the NHS and mentioned in NICE guidelines. We identify specific ways in which we limit our options, get stuck or hold ourselves hostage. CAT therapy does not “prescribe” a response to a particular diagnosis, but “describes” what we do and how it gets in the way. We use letters and diagrams to work out how we experience ourselves in relation to others, how old feelings are triggered and what “states” we get into. Our aim is always to find easier and more fulfilling ways of being with other people and taking care of ourselves. You can learn more about Cognitive Analytic Therapy on https://www.acat.me.uk/page/home.

How many sessions would I need?

CAT is usually offered in weekly sessions over 16 or 24 weeks. Interventions with couples may be more focussed and take place over a shorter period. The initial contract we draw up is for 4 sessions, after which time we review your progress together. Depending on your circumstances you may decide to stay in therapy for a specific number of sessions or in a more open-ended way over a longer period. Most people seeking individual therapy stay for a period of 6 months to a year. Some people have fortnightly sessions to spread the cost in terms of time and money. Wherever possible we plan for the ending so that it doesn’t feel abrupt or leave you feeling without support.

The standard rate for hourly individual sessions is £75. Couples work in 90- minute sessions costing £125. Concessionary rates are available for people on benefits or low income and/ or for those whose livelihoods have been seriously impacted by the Coronavirus. Please discuss this with me at our first session. You will be invoiced monthly in arrears. Cancellation is free up to 48 hours prior to your appointment but charged in full after that threshold. 

Please either email or text leaving your name and telephone number. I will get back to you to answer any queries you have and/or to set up an initial appointment shortly thereafter. 

hilaryhopebrown@gmail.com 

07990 973324